Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Black Sea News

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Repower on Germany’s Inland Waterway

Germany is located on the divide between the South flowing Danube system and the north flowing Mainz River which is a tributary of the Rhine. Since 1992 the remarkable Rhine-Mainz-Danube canal and locks have connected the two systems allowing cargos to travel from the North Sea to the Mediterranean via the Black Sea. This allows inland river cargo vessels access to thousands of kilometers or inland waters. Even if a boat lays up at night, it can still rack up a lot of hours on its engine.As a result, repowers are a necessary but important decision for vessel owners.

Megastar starts operation on 29 January 2017. Wärtsilä will optimise the vessel's performance, enhance its availability and reliability, and improve financial predictability for the customer. Photo Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä,Tallink Ink Megastar Maintenance Deal

Wärtsilä has signed a five-year maintenance agreement with Estonia based AS Tallink Grupp for its new RoPax ferry M/S Megastar on the Tallinn - Helsinki route across the Gulf of Finland. Megastar, due to start operation on January 29, 2017, is powered by Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines which operate primarily on liquefied natural gas (LNG), to meet the requirements of environmental legislation. Under the agreement Wärtsilä said it will optimize the vessel's performance, enhance its availability and reliability, and improve financial predictability for the customer.

Ferry MS Finlandia in operation. (Copyright Eckerö) Photo Eckerö

Wärtsilä Optimises Eckerö's Engine Performance

Wärtsilä and Rederiaktiebolaget Eckerö have extended their long-term maintenance agreement for Eckerö's entire fleet of five vessels. Wärtsilä is providing leading digital maintenance concepts to meet the customer's needs. The five-year agreement between Wärtsilä and Rederiaktiebolaget Eckerö covers five vessels. One of the vessels has been fitted with the Wärtsilä Condition based monitoring system, which provides data to enable dynamic maintenance planning. "We have very positive experiences of working with Wärtsilä and wanted to extend our cooperation further.

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Ecoslops Issues €5.5 Mln Bonds for Growth

Ecoslops, the first company to develop a technology to sustainably produce marine fuels from refined marine oil residues (‘slops’), has announced the successful issuance of ORNANE convertible bonds for the nominal value of €5.5 million. Following the commercial validation of its first micro-refining plant in the Port of Sinès, Portugal, the additional capital will be used to accelerate the development of new projects, while continuing to ramp up the initial operation to full capacity by the end of 2016.

GloMEEP Georgia workshop Courtesy IMO

GloMEEP Energy Efficiency Project Gets Underway

The first national workshop under the Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships GloMEEP), Project, which aims to support increased uptake and implementation of energy-efficiency measures for shipping, has been held in Georgia. Georgia is one of the Lead Pilot Countries for the project, which aims to build understanding and knowledge of technical and operational energy-efficiency measures to lead maritime transport into a low-carbon future. The national workshop in Batumi…

USS Taylor: USN photo

Divers Replace USS Taylor CPP Hub, Avoid Dry-Docking

The Controllable Pitch Propeller (CPP) Hub of the 'USS Taylor' (FFG 50) was replaced underwater in Souda Bay, Greece, the warship having earlier suffered significant damage to its propeller blades while underway in the Black Sea, apprises Norfolk Ship Support Activity (NSSA). "NSSA RMC Quality Assurance (QA) Department dispatched Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) technicians overseas to perform an NDT examination of the Main Reduction Gear, to assess its capabilities after the sustaining damages," said NSSA Hydraulics and Ship's Controls Branch Head Richard Krewinghaus.

SNAME Meeting on Financials of LNG

SNAME announced its seventh technical meeting for the 2013-2014 season, during which Dr. Panagiotis Zacharioudakis, Senior Researcher at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), will speak on the subject of “The Financials of LNG.” The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in The auditorium of Maran and Alpha Tankers, Kallithea, Athens. The use of LNG as marine fuel is a very promising alternative for compliance with environmental regulations, compared to other solutions such as scrubbers and MGO.

LUKOIL Makes First Bulk Delivery in Novorossiysk

Since January 2014, the marine lubricant specialist LUKOIL Marine Lubricants Ltd. offers bulk supply of lubricant main grades in Novorossiysk, Russia’s main port on the Black Sea. On January 15, 2014 the first large order of Navigo 70 MCL was successfully delivered by barge. Novorossiysk is one of Russia’s most important export seaports and regularly frequented by a large number of cargo ships. Until recently, lubricant supplies were not available in bulk in this port. Vessels were able to bunker in Novorossiysk, but had to call at another port or Istanbul Roads for lubricant supply.

Paris, Tokyo, Indian Ocean and Black Sea Port State Concentrated Inspection

The Paris, Tokyo, Indian Ocean and Black Sea Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) on port state control will carry out a joint concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) to verify compliance with SOLAS Chapter II-1. The CIC will last three months, starting on September 1 and ending on November 30, 2013. The CIC will focus on safety of propulsion and auxiliary machinery, especially the working order and maintenance of main engines, auxiliary engines, auxiliary equipment and their related alarm systems.

Hanjin Argentina: Photo credit Navgathi Marine

Korean Shipyard Delivers Container Ship ‘Hanjin Argentina’

The 3600 TEU container ship, built under the supervision of Navgathi Marine by Hyundai Sambo delivered to Pacific International Lines. Hanjin Argentina is the third of a series of four such vessels ordered by Pacific International Lines of Singapore from the S. Korea shipbuilders. Navgathi Marine is providing the new building supervision services to eight PIL vessels under construction at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries and Hyundai Mipo Dockyard of South Korea and a site team of Navgathi's is there to manage these projects.

Signing ceremony: Photo credit Multraship

Multraship Orders Two Damen ASD 2810 Tugboats

Multraship confirms its purchase of the two tugs now being constructed in Romania for delivery in June/July 2013. Contracts for the two tugs, to be named Multratug 26 and Multratug 27, were signed during the course of Multraship’s recent annual client gathering in Terneuzen. Multraship managing director Leendert Muller said, “The new tugs will be mostly engaged in harbour towage activities in the Zeeland Seaports and Antwerp areas. In addition to their primary duties, they will also be on standby…

Keppel FELS Contracted to Build Two Semi-submersible Rigs

Keppel FELS signs contract to construct the rigs for Ukraine's National Joint-Stock Company "Naftogaz of Ukraine" (Naftogaz). The contract is worth about US$ 1.2-billion, but is dependent upon final corporate approvals. The rigs will be built to Keppel FELS' proprietary DSSTM 38U design which is customised for the Black Sea environment. The harsh weather conditions of the Black Sea include extreme freezing temperatures, storms with strong winds and heavy seas. Durable grades of steel with increased thickness will form the basis of the structural design of the hull and pontoons of the rigs.

Varshavyanka class:Photo credit Russian Navy

Diesel Submarine Keel Laid Down in Russian Yard

The Admiralty Shipyard in St. Petersburg lays down a new Varshavyanka class diesel-electric submarine for Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. Stary Oskol will be the third in a series of six Varshavyanka class submarines which are expected to join the fleet by 2016. The first sub, the Novorossiisk, was laid down in August 2010, followed by Rostov-on-Don in November 2011. The Varshavyanka class is an improved version of the Kilo class submarines, featuring advanced “stealth” technology, extended combat range and ability to strike land, surface and underwater targets.

Volvo Penta IPS Power in Russian Pilot Boats

Russian state owned company Rosmorport has ordered six pilot boats powered by Volvo Penta´s Inboard Performace System (IPS) drive system. With the IPS system, the 14m pilot boats will increase performance and reduce fuel consumption. Volvo Penta launched its IPS six years. With forward facing propellers and steerable drive units, IPS delivered improved performance, reduced fuel consumption and increased onboard comfort compared to traditional shaft installations. In Russia the state owned company Rosmorport has decided to equip six new 14m pilot boats with IPS instead of traditional shafts.

New Bunker Tanker Ops in Russian Port of Tuapse

Rosneft Marine UK Ltd. and RN-Bunker LLC - subsidiaries of Russian state-owned oil company OJSC Rosneft - have jointly launched its first bunker delivery tanker to service the Black Sea Port of Tuapse in Russia. Built in 2007, the RN Taurus is a 3569 dwt state-of-the-art bunker tanker. The bunker tanker has pumps in each of its cargo tanks and is capable of delivering 150 cu. m. of bunker fuel an hour. It has two controllable-pitch propellers and a bow thruster with an integrated automated control system.

Wärtsilä to Support Crisis Management Initiative as Lead Partner

Wärtsilä, a leading provider of power solutions to marine and energy markets, has entered into co-operation with Crisis Management Initiative, an independent Finnish non-profit organisation, which works to resolve conflicts and to build sustainable peace. As lead partner, Wärtsilä supports the activities of CMI and creates partnership programmes with CMI in selected areas across the globe. CMI Chairman, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari explains that corporate support is essential for CMI to grow and become more effective.

Photo courtesy Robert Allan Ltd.

Robert Allan’s Turkish Tug Connection

For more than fifteen years Robert Allan Ltd. has had tugs built to their designs by a cadre of Turkish shipyards. In that 15 years there has been almost one new tug delivery every month to a Robert Allan Ltd. design in Turkey. To date more than 150 tugs have been Turkish-built, and even in a slightly reduced market this year, compared to the heady days of 2008–2009, there are at least 15 Robert Allan Ltd. designs under construction there today. Robert Allan Ltd.’s first Turkish client was the tug-owner/shipbuilder Sanmar Denizcilik Ltd.